Fall Clean-Up

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by MICHPLOWER, Oct 26, 2010.


    MICHPLOWER LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    Hi I am rather new to the industry and was wondering do you guys ask for full amount up front for fall clean up/Deposit say 50% or total amount due when job is completed. Any help or input would be highly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance

  2. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    I bill out all services monthly. But i only service year round clients and not 1 time cleanups.
  3. unit28

    unit28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,554

    I see a train wreck down the line.
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    All fall cleanups that are not regular maintenance customers are cash and carry. They pay me the cash, and we carry the stuff away. In other words, the amount is paid at the time of service. I'm not in the business of outstanding debts for one time services. I made a deal with the gal at the bank... she won't do any leaf cleanups, and I won't loan any money...
  5. Mowbizz

    Mowbizz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 970

    For regular clients it's added to their monthly bill...for everyone else it's a check in the hand before leaving the property (when finished, of course)
    If I get a wiseguy that won't pay after the job is done...just a simple matter of dumping the trailer load back in his driveway...that's never happened though...
  6. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    as already said regular clients are billed monthly after the work is completed. one time jobs for any service performed usually requires at least 50% up front.
  7. RGM

    RGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Baltimore Md
    Messages: 979

    On most of my regular costumers I just bill as usually I collect that day and anyone else like new customers or cheapskates I ask for that day
  8. BrunoT

    BrunoT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    I'm curious how you handle one time customers who manage to not be home when you're there doing a cleanup? Do you require the check be left for you (and hence is paid before you start) or some other arrangement.

    I hate big leaf jobs so much I would never do one before having money in hand for someone I didn't know well already. Because even if you dump the leaves in the driveway you still did all that work.
  9. Mowbizz

    Mowbizz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 970

    Usually, if no one is there during the cleanup I leave the bill in the door and tell them to mail it or call for me to pick it up. Some people do go to work during the day...

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